Carbon Series: Bristlecone Pines

Carbon Series: Bristlecone Pines

Great Basin bristlecone pines – which evolved to grow above 10,000’ elevation in conditions too extreme for competitors – symbolize the tenuous status of life on our warming planet. As climate change eases environmental conditions within their range, encroaching tree species threaten to overrun these nearly-immortal trees.   Like bristlecone pines, we humans are also limited to our own precise ecological niche: planet earth.

Carbonized Bristlecone Pine 1-7

18″ x 12″ approximately, Embossment of bristlecone pine wood, smoke, and chalk on paper.